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SITC goods classification (rev. 4, ex 2007)

Standard International Trade Classification, SITC

SITC is the classification of international trade issued by the United Nations (UN).

The data complying with the SITC classification are deducted from the Combined Nomenclature CN in accordance with the definitions of the UN. The most detailed SITC classification level contains 2 970 commodity categories.

The SITC classification is applied to compile international trade statistics owing to its international comparability. This classification maintained by the UN is used in most countries. On the basis of detailed nomenclatures (HS, CN), commodities are classified by SITC into rougher categories e.g. with regard to their degree of processing. Since the SITC classification is not amended annually, it enables comparisons by means of longer time series.